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Will of Joseph Woods
I Joseph Woods of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Printer do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills and testaments made by me. I give and bequeath all property both real and personal which I shall be possessed of at the time of my decease to John Woods or on his demise to his executors to hold the same in trust for the use and benefit of my wife Martha and my children subject to the proviso hereafter contained and for said Trustees to carry on my Printing business and conduct the “Courier” Newspaper under such arrangements and in such manner as they shall deem most advantageous for the interest of my wife and children in order to provide a maintenance for them- Provided always that if my said wife should marry again the said property shall be held and the said business and Courier newspaper shall be carried on and conducted by said John Woods and in trust for my children only- Provided also that when my sons shall have attained the age of twenty one years and my daughters shall have been married, they shall from such times respectively be barred from receiving any benefit from my estate or the trust hereby created until after the decease of my said wife when the whole of my said property shall be divided equally among my said children then alive provided the youngest shall then have attained full age. I appoint said John Woods sole executor of this my last will and testament. In witness where of I have hereunto set and subscribed my hand and seal at St. John’s aforesaid this twenty eighth day of February Anno Domini eighteen hundred and seventy.
Joseph Woods (LS) Signed sealed and published by the said Joseph Woods as and for his last will and testament in presence of J.A. Whiteford, John English.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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